The new "Star Wars" trilogy has its third and final director. Colin Trevorrow, who made a name for himself earlier this year when his "Jurassic World" became the third-highest grossing film of all-time, will be behind the camera in the final installment of the long-awaited sequel trilogy.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn made the announcement today during the D23 convention in Anaheim, and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy cited the director's box-office bona fides to be among his qualifications. "The enormous success of ‘Jurassic World’ speaks volumes about [Trevorrow's] abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker."
Trevorrow made clear how seriously he takes the opportunity to join the sprawling space saga, saying it was neither "a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople," adding that he would seek to channel "something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope."
Landing "Episode IX" is the latest in a rapid ascent for the director, whose first major film was the modestly-budgeted 2012 Aubrey Plaza-Mark Duplass sci-fi rom-com "Safety Not Guaranteed," before being called up to the movie-monetary-majors when Steven Spielberg selected him to revamp his "Jurassic Park" franchise. Kennedy said today that she had taken note of Treverrow's first film. "Colin is someone I've been interested in working with ever since I saw 'Safety Not Guaranteed,'" noting the film's power.
Treverrow will take the director's chair following the work of JJ Abrams on "Episode VII" and Rian Johnson on "Episode VIII," and while filming won't begin for years, he is joining with Lucasfilm now to collaborate with the other directors and production team, with whom he is eager to get to work. "We've been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we had -- a mythology to call their own."
"Star Wars: Episode IX is set for a 2019 release. "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," directed by Abrams, hits theaters December 18, 2015.